Collaborative Literacy Framework Overview

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Collaborative Literacy refers to a deep understanding of the structure and processes of a collaborative development process as seen through the eyes of open collaboration. See seminal work on Collaborative Literacy.

Given that the norm is 99.999% of the world's economic output occurs via proprietary development - the culture of open development is rare. This is a big challenge for OSE whenever any collaborator outside of the .001% is involved on a team.

OSE's approach here is fundamentally different - and this difference is based on an intent to prove the concept that open collaboration can and will render the contemporary competitive waste model (patent protectionism, secrecy, lack of transparency, consumerism, dumbing down of the population, special interests, corruption, degradation of ethics, non-systems thinking) obsolete. Wikipedia is a good case study for open development going viral - in the case of an open encyclopedia.

Through the years, we have identified the open source culture gap as a significant block to open collaboration. For one, we have seen many ardent 'open source collaboration' supporters quiet down once they smelled revenue from their 'open source' work. This case is common - such as exemplified most prominently in 2012 by Makerbot Going Proprietary.

Operating with the mindset of open economic development has a particular and pervasive approach that is not familiar to most people. For OSE to succeed, it is important to teach any new collaborators exactly what this culture means to us. We are taking a strong stand on this, and knowing that most people do not have this culture, we need to make an explicit effort of teaching this culture - which we call Collaborative Literacy.

Basic Tenets of Collaborative Literacy

Collaborative Literacy is a different appraoch to working and problem solving. Here we come up with a few key points about the practice in various cases of OSE Development.

Development Method

Economic Implications

The economic intent of collaborative literacy is the elimination of competitive waste. This has deep implications for the global economic order.

On the personal level,


When anyone approaches OSE as a potential collaborator, we inform them about our operating culture. This culture, when clarified up front, engenders smooth operation and provides a significant contribution to OSE governance and conflict resolution.